International Privacy Day

Always fun to view privacy from a data perspective! Data makes privacy so popular and lucrative as an industry and profession. Moreover, making data safe and secure through respect and adherence for privacy keeps it useful and profitable for your organization. If it’s about data, it’s about wealth creation, and if it’s about data protection and data privacy, it’s about securing your businesses and organizations, mitigating risks, and leveraging the value of competitive information that could be personal (with varying grades of sensitivity), but also non-personal data, to power better and more sustainable societies, alternative futures, enduring careers, and success in knowledge economies around the world and beyond (because we always need a galactic strategy).

Privacy navigates its way as a priority in diverse organizations amid differing perceptions, levels of awareness and degrees of alignment. Hear from this IAPP panel all about how privacy has “exploded” around the world as more and more of our lives have moved online and how this creates particular needs in international, national and more local legal frameworks, and what regulators and privacy professional are doing to stay relevant.

In 2022, we keynoted at the DPD celebrations at ESOMAR, and in 2023 we were welcomed into the Certification Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the governing board of the entire certification program of the world’s largest society of information privacy professionals. This International Data Privacy Day (which really is more than everyday for information privacy professionals) is a good occasion to learn more about building secure and competitive data ecosystems with improved focus on creating effective GRC, metrics of “Principled Performance”. Interoperability of data, and cross-border data flows hold high relevance and serve as hot areas of opportunity as businesses and technologies evolve and transform.

Current privacy frameworks around the world include Fair Information Principles (FIP), Organizations for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Code (which formed the basis of today’s PIPEDA), APEC framework, ETSI standards, ISO standards. Read about the upcoming Bill C-27 legislation in Canada as (on its anticipated passing through legislative process) it paves the way for the Consumer Privacy Protection Act (CPPA) and Artificial Intelligence and Data Protection Act, and learn about the implications of using de-identified data versus anonymized data in the proposed regime. For a municipal-level example, view this session from the City of Toronto on how they keep their residents’ personal information safe, What is the impact of evolving privacy regulations on your specific sectors and industries?

We addressed the importance of privacy programs and risk prioritization metrics at WAPOR’s Asia Pacific Conference. Further, read our piece in the Logit Group’s Industry Insiders’ Guide about augmenting data leadership with privacy. The Transatlantic Privacy Project taps into perceptions of privacy cross-nationally and cross-sectorally quantitatively and qualitatively on one of their recent webinars with the University of Maryland. View more highlights from an ESOMAR panel and finally our own panel webinar with global leaders on the role of equality and data diversity in privacy research conducted on 15 September 2022 where we also shared various resources and data protection checklists for data and insights professionals.

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